KINUKO Y CRAFT IS A JAPANESE-BORN AMERICAN CONTEMPORARY PAINTER, ILLUSTRATOR AND FANTASY ARTIST.
Kinuko Y Craft came to the United States in 1964, where she continues to live and work today. Her art has included paintings for the book covers of many well-known fantasy authors such as Patricia A. McKillip, Juliet Marillier, Tanith Lee, and many others.
Craft illustrated the cover art of the older editions of Shakespeare’s work for the Folger Library. She has a passionate love of European fine art and draws on a deep knowledge of European art history in creating her work. She is most inspired by the works of Leonardo da Vinci, the Pre-Raphaelites, and Symbolist painters. Her work is done with a combination of artist oils and watercolor on clayboard gesso panels.